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Notes Taken By Our Repatriated Sisters, Sister Mary Joanne And Sister Jerome Marie, Arriving Home From War Torn China On The Gripsholm December 1, 1943 (1943)

Author: Mary Joanne, Sister; Jerome Marie, Sister
Subject: SS Gripsholm; Catholic Church -- Missions -- China; World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners And Prisons, Japanese; World War, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945 -- China; Sisters of Saint Francis (Oldenburg, Ind.); World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
Publisher: Sisters of Saint Francis (Oldenburg, Ind.)
Year: 1943
Language: English
Collection: wwIIarchive; additional_collections


"On November 25, 1941, the American gunboat went down river. For the first time it made no stop and blew no whistles. We knew something was wrong. All communications were cut off and we were left in the dark.

It was December 8, 1941, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when great events took place. This being one of the very special feasts of China, Christians came to attend Mass from afar off in spite of the drizzling rain. Our Lady's altar was very beautifully decorated. We even became extravagant with candles. Heaps of them surrounded the beautiful statue. The church was packed. Many of the Chinese left their homes as early as 4:00 A. M. to be on time for the wonderful occasion, a celebration of this feast. Between Masses the Japanese authorities called on Father Cornelius. He very quickly dismissed them because he was quite busy hearing confessions. They seemed provoked but finally went away...."

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